Woman dies after being found unconscious in clothing donation bin in Toronto

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B'nai Brith, operator of the bin involved in Tuesday's deadly incident, did not indicate whether it plans to revamp donation boxes but described the woman's death as "terrible and tragic".

Police say half of the woman's body was sticking out of the box when emergency crews arrived.

Local authorities were called around 1:30 am to the Dovercourt Road and Bloor Street area after receiving reports that a woman was inside a clothing donation bin. In 2012, a woman in Staten Island, N.Y., had successfully entered the main compartment of a clothing-donation bin, but was strangled as she attempted to exit.

According to police, a coroner on scene reported the woman's death as "non-criminal and non-suspicious" and that this is an isolated incident.

At least seven people have died in Canadian donation bins since 2015.

In 2017, a 56-year-old Pennsylvania woman died under similar circumstances.

"She climbed to get clothing and got hung up and succumbed to her injuries", Assistant Vancouver Fire Chief David Boone said after a woman was killed by a bin in the city's West Point Grey neighbourhood.

The City of West Vancouver has ordered all its donation bins locked, while Burnaby, B.C., is asking for all bins to be removed from within its city limits.

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The bins' hatches are created to prevent theft of donations.

Last week, Vancouver shut down clothing donation bins in the wake of a man's death. "Obviously, there's a goal for them in society", he said. They will also be removing "anti-theft capabilities" from future models.

Despite living a tough life, Chantal Mattix said, Chrystal, who was in her mid-30s, "was a very bubbly person".

"They are set up in a way to make it hard for people to have access to the inside of the box but obviously (they are) not safe enough".

There have also been deaths from donation bins in Alberta and Ontario in the last two years.

Agro said Rangeview is advising charities to remove those bars for the time being until safer designs can be developed and built.

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"We are continuing to allow those bins because that site is fully staffed and after hours they are locked up and secure", he said, adding that the city bins are the "mailbox" style and considered a bit safer.

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